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Mind the Gap

Over at his blog Science, Reason, and Critical Thinking, Crispian Jago presents a "subway map" of modern scientific achievements, or as he puts it, "500 Years of science, reason, and critical thinking via the medium of gross over-simplification, dodgy demarcation, glaring omission and a very tiny font." (Be sure to open the full-size image in a new window and zoom in to appreciate the detail.) Check out the teal line — the route that maps achievements in microbiology, neurology, and medicine — and the lime green line — detailing advances in genetics, the last stop of which is currently Craig Venter station. Francis Crick and James Watson stations are commuter hubs; at the former, (technology) transfer is available to theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, as well as the microbiology and genetics lines. Jago says he's open to suggestions for improvements. "If you think the map has any merit then peer review comments are most welcome and I will endeavor to improve it," he writes.

HT: Power of Data Visualization

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.